Saturday 9 April 2011

Spices: Bellini's

Hidden along the streets of Araneta Center lays Bellini's. A restaurant that serves one of the most authentic Italian meals around the metro. The resto resides in the quirky world of Cubao Expo, an area where you can find antique shops, a small library/book shop and different bars where the artsy folks hang out. Bellini's found the perfect place to set up shop, it gave the restaurant a novelty feeling.

Inside, the place has warm soft toned lights, a perfect place for a romantic dinner. Dinner would cost around 800 to 1,500 php., every centavo is worth it.

Wall mural of the Trevi Fountain

There are vintage wines on display. Some are empty bottles, some are still uncorked. Though I'm not sure if its for sale. Wine prices ranges from 900php and above.

Vintage Wines

The food was exemplary, all the dishes that I've tried has always satisfy my Italian craving.

The Foccacia was sprinkled with parmesan on top, the bread was crunchy yet still soft and moist inside. The dip was the typical olive oil and balsamic vinegar combination.

Foccacia Bread with Dip

The spinach ravioli in cream sauce with truffle oil was absolutely divine. Perfectly cooked fresh pasta dumplings with a tasty spinach and mushroom filling topped with proscuitto ham. With the aroma and taste of truffle oil seeping out from every bite, this was absolutely delicioso! You'll have an option for fresh pasta, always go for it. Nothing beats fresh pasta.

Ravioli Tartufo

The pizza-s has a nice crunchy yet chewy thin crust, the way how an Italian pizza crust should be. The resto has a huge selection of pizza on the menu, rest assured every one of them are of high quality. I suggest for people to order the large size pizza. It has a more Italian pizza feel to it, where the pizza kind of droops forward but still crunchy with every bite.

I'm not much of a dessert person but Bellini's Orange Cake is absolutely something to die for. Warm orange chiffon with orange marmalade plus the candied orange zest on top. The cake is so good!!!

Ive been to this place twice and intend to come back again and again and again. My favorite Italian resto in the metro. Life is indeed Sweet!

Bellini's : Life is Sweet

Address: Marikina Shoe Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel: (02) 913-2550

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